Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monsta card

***Library card reads:
Due Date: 10/09

I made this card for LFL (lovely friend Lauren) for sending me some lovely gifts for my birthday. Lauren is the master of fun fabulous cards and some of her expertise is in making monsta cards. She sent me monsta post-it notes, so you know I had to use one on her thank you card! I was trying to channel Lauren's fun fabulous style for my thank you card. What do you it Lauren-worthy?

Friday, October 30, 2009

merry {christmas}

I am ready to pull out my Christmas music cds. I always start with Elvis. DH asks me to wait to play my Christmas music until November 1st. He knows I would play it all year long! He does let me play Michael Crawford's O Holy Night all year long. So Halloween is tomorrow, but I have done the bulk of my online Christmas shopping. Yep, some of my family members will be getting their gifts in the mail in just a few days :) They might as well start enjoying their presents now...Thanksgiving is practically here!

My card was inspired by the current color challenge at BasicGrey challenges. The colors are perfect to open up my new 6x6 BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses paper pad. I was also inspired by Laurie Schmidlin; she recently posted that she loves the looks of copics on kraft card stock. I just had to try it too.

Supplies: BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, stamps by Magenta and A Muse; Bazzill green card stock; SU! punches, dimensionals, white gel pen and kraft cardstock; and Memento ink.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Gifts for Teachers: eat, drink & be scary

I drank a lot of mocha frappuccinos this summer in preparation for this year's teacher Halloween gifts. I am sure these were partially to blame for the weight I gained between July and October, but we all need to make sacrifices, right?

I did not account for the amount of M&Ms it would take to fill 15 of these (I've already given a few of these out...the ones in the picture will be delivered today.) Each bottle got about 4oz, then I added lollipops and jawbreakers from our Halloween candy stash. Yep, this year I did not buy the good Reese's peanut butter cups, KitKats, Almond temptations for me. Sorry, neighbor kids, it is Smarties, jawbreakers, and lollipops for you!

The lid toppers read, "You light up the place with that smile on your face."

Have a spooktacular day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Be Inspired #55 - My Favorite Things

Some of my favorite things are chocolate, papers, and stamps. Could there be a more delightful stamp set than Flopsey Chocolate Bunny by My Favorite Things stamps (MFT)? This week at Cuttlebug Challenges four lucky winners will receive a MFT stamp set. Create a card using any of your favorite things (ribbon, buttons, brads, stamps, Cuttlebug embossing folder, etc.) and link it to this post at Cuttlebug Challenge blog.

Supplies: Core'dinations card stock and Cuttlebug embossing folder Herringbone for the carpet; Fiskars border punch; Nesties Labels 1; Memory Box Twilight papers; Copic markers; Bazzill brads; SU dimensionals; paper piercer.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tell Santa that you need...

...the new release of Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folders. They are GORGEOUS. I can't decide which is my favorite, so I guess I will have to ask Santa for all of them! Want to see what they look like? Click here. The Home Shopping Network (HSN) has these bundled for a fabulous price: click here to start shopping!

My internet was not working Sunday and has been intermittent. Perhaps it has the H1N1 :) I have not had time to create since last week, but I do have a new Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired post planned for tomorrow. See you then!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thank you, Daring Cardmakers!

The current challenge at Daring Cardmakers is "I can see clearly now..."
This inspired me to use a clear acrylic slide I purchased in August that coordinate with SU! punches. All stamps, stickers, ink and papers are from a SU! The ribbon is from my stash. I also used my Nesties Labels 1 and Shapeabilities Pendant.

BOO to you!

My card was inspired by this sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges, these K&Co. Halloween papers sent to me by my bf Kaye for my birthday, and my friend (Amy Sheffer) who used googly eyes like this on a card she made last year. I used Nesties for the circles, a Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripes, and Me & My Big Ideas alphabet stickers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Be Inspired # 54 - Create something beautiful for Fall

Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree. - Emily Bronte

Our current challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge blog is to create something beautiful for fall. It can be a lovely autumn theme or a fun and glittery Halloween theme. Just remember to use a Cuttlebug product :) I used my Distressed Stripes embossing folder on Core'dinations card stock. There is one catch: you must scraplift from one of the Cuttlebug Challenge blog's designers. Of course it doesn't have to be the same, just be inspired by one of us! (You will receive extra credit if you pick me. Just kidding!)

This card is really pretty in real life (she said modestly). Have you ever noticed that certain designer papers do not photograph well? Maybe it is just my amateur photography skills. The paper I used is Deja Views: The Sharon Ann Collection from Michaels. I love this paper. It is just as pretty as the beautiful sentiment stamp (Serendipity Stamps). The shiny ribbon is from my stash, the red card stock is Bazzill, and the popped-up leaf is K&Co.

Happy Wednesday! Now go make a card and enter it in this week's Cuttlebug Challenge :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Take A Bow, Part III

Here is entry #3; my final entry for the Caardvarks' "Take A Bow" challenge. I really really really want to win those spools of yummy May Arts ribbon! No doubt I am up against some tough competition. Did I use my ribbon in a 'wonderful' way? What is wonderful is that I used all ribbon scraps from a large ziploc bag o' ribbon scraps sent from my blog friend, Leslie. Thanks, L! I delight in using up scraps :)

Supplies: All card stock, designer paper, and dimensionals (double high) are by SU! I also used a border punch (EK Success), Rhinestones (half-back pearls from Michaels), and two clear dew drops colored with my black copic marker. The sentiment stamp (PSX) is stamped in Ancient Page Coal ink.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Take a Bow # 2

This is my second entry for the current challenge at Caardvarks. I think the ribbon treatment is more 'wonderful' than my previous post. There is still one more day and I have another idea tickling my brain. I hope I can find the time :)

The butterfly is a Spellbinders' die. I used the Cuttlebug Spots & Dots embossing folder. The sentiment and chocolate chip card stock & ink are by SU! The textured orange card stock is Bazzill. The ribbon and rhinestones (pearls) are from Michaels.

Happy Friday, my friends!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Take A Bow Challenge

Caardvarks' current challenge has May Arts as the sponsor; my favorite ribbon manufacturer. The prize is several rolls of their delicious ribbon if you use ribbon in a wonderful way. I don't know if my ribbon usage could be described as 'wonderful', but I'll enter anyway. Perhaps I will find time this weekend to be a little more creative with some has me thinking about using ribbon I never use...can I make a card using it in a wonderful way? Hopefully I can come up with something. Aren't challenge blogs terrific for helping you: #1 Use your stash and #2 Help you think outside your normal patterns?

For my card I used DCWV double-sided paper, layered on SU! chocolate chip. The base card is DCWV. I don't know who made this ribbon; it came in a kit. I used the SU! top note die, tag punches, stamp, markers, and dimensionals. The mini brad is by American Crafts.

This week has been unexpectedly busy, and as a result I have been a bad blogger. I did some fly by visits to all of my blog friends this morning, but left minimal comments. My sincere apologies! I was a little relieved to see that many of you have been busy this week too and did not post much either. Sending out a cyber hug to all of you still reading this post :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

MFT is Totally Witchin'

MFT is having a challenge: Think lift, flip and spin! I went with flip :)

I made this flip card with purple Bazzill card stock and Making Memories papers. I stamped with Memento ink and colored with my copics.

I have received several emails regarding copic markers. I am a beginner, but I recommend buying the Basic set of markers. It will save you money over buying them individually. The larger sets have more shades of each color, but I need more practice before I worry too much about shading! I also prefer the fine tip on the original markers over the ciao or sketch. This is just my amateur opinion :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mojo Monday 107

Julee is up to sketch #107! Yesterday (10-7) was my birthday. Coincidence? I had a fabulous birthday: dh & I had a coffee date at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea, I stamped all morning with one of my favorite stamping buddies & we went to lunch, I made all of the cards in this post, then I had a dinner date with dh & our girls :) I love Julee's sketches, and this one really inspired me. I pulled out my Colorbok Friendly Forest papers and 3D glitter chipboard embellishments. The "dots" I added are shiny black fabric paint.

For the "cute" deer card, I had actually pulled the original deer off and used on this card. I used my new SU! Friendly Forest deer stamp (chocolate chip ink), cut it out, and popped it up on dimensionals.

Then I decided to finish off the package of Colorbok chipboard 3D stickers...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Be Inspired # 52 - Halloween/ Fall card

Cuttlebug Challenge blog will choose a random winner this week to win a $20 gift certificate to Digital Delights bu Louby Loo. I used her Wilma Witch image, Core'dinations card stock and the Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder. I colored Wilma with copic markers to coordinate with the K&Co. papers. I hope you can participate! Make a fall or Halloween card and upload to Mr. Linky on this post. Good luck!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day!

I made several cards today. I will show them in reverse order :) I just made this birthday card for this week's challenge at Get Sketchy. The bling is Heidi Swapp, the swirls are Queen & Co. felt fusion, the sentiment is SU!, and the papers are called The Story of Us.
Before I made my Get Sketchy card, I made this baby card. I used SU! papers and I colored the image with SU! markers. I entered this card in the Crazy 4 Challenges sew happy challenge.
I made 4 "get well" cards like this early this morning (2 of each). I used blue breeze Kaleidacolor ink pad, stamp by Magenta, mounted on blue mirror paper, mounted again on blue Bazzill bling card stock, then on a white card base. I entered this in the Moxie Fab World gradient is radiant challenge.

I didn't have any mojo goin' on until I saw the sketch at Get Sketchy :)

Friday, October 2, 2009


I made this quick card his morning. My friend, Tracy, posted these cards she made using the K&Co. Birthday scrapbook collection. It reminded me that I have this same kit. The party hat paper and 3D sticker are both from the kit. The base card is DCWV and I used my Spots & Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the orange Bazzill card stock. The ovals are cut from my Nesties.

I'm off today to play with my Design Diva friends: Deanna, Sheryl, and Chris. Happy Friday!